Later episodes focus on the Viet Cong's campaign of surprise attacks against the US and its allies in 1968; the 2003 offensive to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein; and the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific, which paved the way for the US invasion of the Philippines in the Second World War.
Examining the inner workings of warfare, from the major strategies and formidable munitions to the minutiae that can separate success and failure. Beginning with Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, which was meant to be a 48-hour battle, but saw the insurgents put up stern resistance. The programme examines how the joint US-British-Iraqi forces managed to reclaim the city.
The plight of 17,000 US Marines who found themselves outnumbered by 120,000 Chinese troops after crossing the 30th Parallel. Finding themselves trapped in North Korea, it became clear they had to fight their way out or face certain death, heralding the Battle of Chosin Reservoir of December 1950.